Health officials assured Manitobans there would be sufficient supplies of vaccine as they kicked off the annual flu shot campaign on Thursday.
CDC officials earlier this month urged pregnant women to get a flu shot after finding in a report that most do not get vaccinated for influenza and whooping cough despite advice to do so from their doctors.
While there is no way to predict the severity of activity in our community during flu season - October through mid-spring - there are ways individuals can protect themselves against catching, suffering through, and spreading this highly contagious virus. Manitoba saw 10-year highs the year prior, with 46 deaths, 35 ICU admissions, and 505 hospitalizations.
Most people experiencing flu will not need to see their GP but should instead stay indoors, keep warm and drink lots of fluid.More news: Xbox mobile accessories kickoff Project xCloud push with MOGA Gaming Clip
Once administered, the vaccine and the virus it contains stimulate immune cells that will be ready should the vaccine receiver come in contact with live flu virus.
Every year, scientists monitor the global spread of flu and decide what flu viruses will most likely cause widespread illness; these are the viruses used to make the vaccine.
This year's flu vaccines protect against four different flu viruses, including two influenza A viruses (A/H1N1 and A/H3N2) and B viruses (B/Colorado and B/Phuket), according to Ottawa Public Health. "For those who get a flu shot but become infected, symptoms are often reduced and the risk for severe complications or hospitalization is decreased".
Because last year's flu season was more mild - especially compared with the previous year's severe one - Fitzgerald said he worries people may be complacent and skip their flu shot this year. The remainder is expected to arrive in the next couple of weeks.More news: 'Down to earth' Kate Middleton spotted shopping for Halloween costumes
"The flu vaccine is safe, it's effective and it's the best way to protect ourselves and the people around us from the flu and its complications", he said.
Last season, 208 flu-related deaths were reported, which was down from 391 deaths during the 2017-2018 flue season, according to the department. Here are some questions that your patients might have about the flu vaccine and how you can respond.
Scripps Research's Ian Wilson, DPhil, one of three senior co-authors, says the antibody at the center of the study binds to a protein called neuraminidase, which is essential for the flu virus to replicate in the body. The cost is $30 with all other forms of payment (high dose vaccine excluded), and no child will be denied vaccinations for an inability to pay. "It's important not only to you but to others around you".More news: Power shut off to 940,000 Californians as major bushfires rage